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The Worst Job at an Ebola Clinic

By    |   Monday, 20 October 2014 03:57 PM

What’s the worst job at an Ebola clinic?  It’s not what you might think. A Belgian anthropologist, working with Doctors Without Borders to contain Ebola in Liberia, says the most difficult thing to do is to turn sick people away at the door of a hospital.

When Pierre Trbovic he arrived in West Africa he began by helping to treat the sick — adults and children who were powerless to move, eat, or drink, and who cried in pain, Yahoo.com reports.

But within days, there were too many sick, and far too few beds. When the line for the clinic reached the street, Trbovic volunteered for a terrible task: turning away sick people they could not treat.
“This wasn’t a job that we planned for anyone to do, but somebody had to do it,” he wrote in a post on the Doctors Without Borders Website.
The first person Trbovic turned away was a father who’d brought his sick daughter to the clinic.

“He was an educated man, and he pleaded with me to take his teenage daughter, saying that while he knew we couldn’t save her life, at least we could save the rest of his family from her,” Trbovic wrote.
"We regularly had ambulances turning up with suspected Ebola patients from other health facilities, but there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t send them anywhere else. Everywhere was, and still is, full."
As international aid begins pouring in, more Ebola treatment centers will soon be built.

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